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DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illus.)

Original artwork for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

London: Puffin, [c.1973] Stock Code: 142906
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A rare piece of original artwork for Dahl's beloved story

Original cover artwork, signed by the artist on the verso, for the first paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, annotated with printing details to the margins and depicting Willy Wonka, Charlie and the other Golden Ticket-winners gathered around the Everlasting Gobstopper Machine. Original artwork for Roald Dahl's books is rare, and most of Faith Jaques' artwork, including her original drawings for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is held by The National Centre for Children's Books in Gateshead.

Jaques was the original illustrator of the first UK edition of the book in 1967, and produced this new cover design for the paperback. Jaques "was one of the outstanding illustrators responsible for the renaissance of British picture books during the last three decades. Her special gift was an ability to translate the emotional tone of a text into the strong visual atmosphere created by her pen-and-ink drawings" (obituary in The Independent, 7 August 1997). An avid reader as a child, her distinctive style was influenced by the works of Charles Dickens's illustrators - she produced a version of David Copperfield in 1971 - and William Makepeace Thackeray's own drawings for his books. In her long and distinguished career, she illustrated over 100 books, including works by Allan Ahlberg, Nina Bawden, Ursula Moray Williams, E. Nesbit, Philippa Pearce, Arthur Ransome, and Margery Sharp.

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Gouache in colours on "Frome" water colour board mounted with Rag Paper, together with an acetate overlay in black ink. Image size: 29.5 x 38 cm. Sheet size: 46 x 38 cm.


Excellent condition.


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